Royal Palm Hotel
Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
The Royal Palm Hotel sits on 200 hectares of land adjacent to a national park, but it uses only 10 hectares of the land for its villas, verandas, and suites—all to preserve the natural authenticity for which the Galapagos Islands are known. With its lush landscape, and the hotel’s deeply contrasting color scheme of white and mahogany, the Royal Palm invites its guests to sit back and absorb breathtaking views of the islands. The hotel is outfitted with a health center, tennis courts, and a pool for the active. And the adventurous can take advantage of easy access to the nearby Lava Tunnels and (equally hot) cuisine of Chef Enrique Sempere at the hotel restaurant.